Ministers delay action on gambling machines

Posted on July 18, 2013 by admin
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The government is backing off from tighter regulations on high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines despite international moves to ban the terminals, campaigners have said .

This week the Irish government moved to outlaw fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) because of the “level of concern felt by the government at the very harmful effects of [them]” but in the UK ministers say they will not act for at least another year until research into whether the machines are addictive is completed. The research is being carried out by the Responsible Gaming Trust, a charity partly funded by the gambling industry.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.